Taking the fun out of shows

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Fun dog shows this year have really been spoiled by the amount of breeders who are taking them over.

The judges always pick their dogs over the pedigree/cross-bred ones (the family pets).

If a pedigree dog goes to a companion dog show and it’s been neutered it won’t win anything, yet breeders can come in fun shows.

I have had two lots of people say that they have been to their first and last show because of this.

Lots of people are complaining.

Maybe next year will be better.

Or, have all the family pet dogs got to boycott the shows and see how charity funds go down?

Fun dog show enthusiast,

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Workers’ democracy

Root out the careerists

David Silver (Letters, October 7) correctly outlines the problem of careerists in the Soviet Union.

The October 1917 Russian revolution was isolated in a backward country where 90 percent of its people were peasants.

In 1919, Lenin and Trotsky, to overcome this isolation, founded the Communist International to spread the revolution to the rest of Europe, particularly to industrialised Germany.

However, the German revolution was defeated. After Lenin’s death in 1923, the isolation of the Soviet Union led to the rise of the careerist Stalin and a ruling caste.

Trotsky fought the rise of these careerists. Trotsky was the first Soviet dissident and a courageous revolutionary murdered by Stalin’s agent in Mexico in 1940.

Britain in 2015 is a highly-developed capitalist economy with an educated and cultured working class. A socialist Britain would not end up like the Soviet Union.

A socialist Britain will act like a beacon to the working class of Europe and the United States of America to also take power.

A workers’ democracy in Britain will be run by elected committees, with its members subject to immediate recall, and paid no more than the average wage of a skilled worker – currently around £600 a week.

Similarly, all Labour MPs must be subject to recall and live on a skilled worker’s wage. This is why Trotskyists call for the mandatory re-selection of all Labour MPs so that all careerists can be rooted out.

John Smithee,

Wisbech.

ada lovelace

Connection to the Fens

A recent BBC 4 programme, called “Ada Lovelace the Countess of Computing” was about the life of Ada, who was the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron (1788-1824).

Ada’s mother, Annabella, was determined that her daughter studied mathematics and science. She became a pupil of Babbage who recognised her talent.

What is generally not known is that there is a connection with Walpole St Andrew.

The vicar there from 1863 was Demetrius Callophronas (1812-1903) and he was the brother-in-law of Ada, who married Lord King, who later became Earl Lovelace. Demetrius married Lord King’s sister.

After her marriage, Ada continued with her passion for mathematics but became a gambler hoping to get money to make a less cumbersome calculator than the Babbage model. She was heavily in debt when she died in 1852.

Against her mother’s wishes Ada chose to be buried next to her father, the man she had not seen since she was a baby. It is thought she died of cancer.

Demetrius was born in Athens, and after his father died, it was decided he should go and live in England.

He was fortunate to come under the care of the Rev Chauncey Hare Townshend, who owned land around Walpole St Andrew.

Thomas Hankinson, when writing to his brother Edward at Walpole St Andrew, said that he had met Calliphronas at Chauncey Townshend’s and commented that Calliphronas was becoming quite a character.

The dinner party included Coleridge, Dickens and Dr Ellitson.

I am grateful to Wisbech and Fenland Museum for the use of their archives.

Beryl Jackson,

Local historian,

Long Sutton.

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